Learners at some schools in the Mankweng area outside Polokwane in Limpopo, where a group calling themselves a business forum spilled school nutritional food, say they are shocked by the incident.
The group, which allegedly called for tenders to provide food, targeted a dozen schools and disrupted the feeding program on Wednesday.
Limpopo’s education department said cases of malicious damage to property had been opened.
Department spokesman Tidimalo Chuene said it was concerning the incidents occurred during Child Protection Week.
âIt’s a pretty sad experience that this is happening during Child Protection Week and we should be very concerned if we have such people in our communities; people who can get to the point of spilling food that children expect to eat. The forum was initiated by representatives from the department earlier in the month and they were advised on how they can do business with schools and that is why we are appalled and condemn in the strongest terms their actions. recent, âChuene said.
Students from Makgwadiba Primary School and Mmamabudusha Secondary School in Ga-Motholo village are among those affected.
âI attend Makgwadiba primary school. These people spilled our food, insulted our principal and assaulted the teachers. We were then released early to go home. They also threw dirt at cars belonging to some teachers. I was so scared because they even pushed me and I hit a door. We ran away.
Another learner recounts what happened: âI am a learner at Mmamabudusha High. They kicked the pans and spilled our food. It hurts us because we cannot concentrate without eating.